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First openly gay council member takes office in Salt Lake City

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Stan Penfold LGBTQ Nation

Salt Lake has its first openly gay city council member, reports KTVX-TV.

On Monday afternoon, Stan Penfold (pictured) took the oath of office, in both a historic and emotional day.

Penfold told ABC 4: “I was a little surprised I got kind of choked up. I wasn’t planning on that.”

But the tears were mixed with laughter.

In his first official speech, Penfold made light of the fact people were making such a big deal of his sexual orientation.

Salt Lake City is an amazingly diverse place. Who knew? Well, I guess I did. But I didn’t think anyone else knew.”

Under the Utah State Constitution that Penfold swore to uphold Monday, he cannot marry someone of the same sex.

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